AR prototyping in advanced manufacturing with Medtronic

Creating 3D scenes of medical devices with CAD level of detail within hours, not weeks, is possible with augmented reality prototyping.

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AR prototyping in advanced manufacturing with Medtronic

Creating 3D scenes of medical devices with CAD level of detail within hours, not weeks, is possible with augmented reality prototyping.

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Medtronic, plc is the world’s largest manufacturer of medical devices with their operational headquarters in Minnesota, USA.

Medtronic engineers use JigSpace 3D presentation tools running on iPad with ARKit in a closed-loop manufacturing domain to bring life-saving products to market. Benefits include reduced time and costs in design, prototyping, collaboration, and training.

Example of  a Medtronic Six Sigma Cardboard City Process Station used in prototyping manufacturing assembly

Prototyping new medical devices often uses traditional Six-Sigma ‘Cardboard City’ simulations of a hospital surgical room or device manufacturing environments. This process takes 2-3 weeks to construct and requires up to 20 experts, users, and support staff across multiple business units to be physically on site.

These usability simulations, whilst valuable, go through an average of 4-5 iterations and changes costing around $30,000 each time.

With JigSpace, Medtronic staff now create 3D scenes of their medical devices in CAD level of detail within hours, a vast improvement on cardboard mock ups. These prototypes are easily shared in-app or via a link then presented in augmented reality on Apple iPad for real-world comparison and rapid iteration.

William Harding, Distinguished Technical Fellow and Chair of Medtronic's Technical Fellows says:

Using JigSpace as part of our lean manufacturing development efforts has enabled Medtronic to create and test solutions in a matter of hours versus weeks, where the savings associated with the tool’s usage, at just one of hundreds of facilities, is an estimated $30k per model developed.
William Harding
Distinguished Technical Fellow

Experts in offices around the world can view and collaborate without having to travel to the sites, reducing interruptions and costs.

Video recordings of the AR presentations, or marked up 3D Jigs, are saved directly onto the iPad or desktop app as artefacts for internal reference.

As a solution that has enabled Medtronic to conceptualize new cell operating system (COS) designs as well as assisting us in the development of new medical devices, I have found JigSpace to be a critical solution that aligns with our innovative strategy.
William Harding
Distinguished Technical Fellow, Medtronic

Medtronic uses Jig Pro from JigSpace to scale across multiple divisions, geographies, and use cases. Features like secure-sharing to secure intellectual property and trade-secrets is vital. Whilst the ability to upload CAD files from SolidWorks and create content on a desktop, speeds up authoring time.

Earlier in 2020, Medtronic partnered with JigSpace to deliver a series of 3D assembly and maintenance training guides for the PB560 Ventilator in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent surge in global demand for ventilator production. Since its release, over 7,000 manufacturers have accessed the 3D guides over 20,000 times demonstrating the scale of deployments that are possible on Jig Pro.

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